This wasn't just some random French race, it was Paris - Roubaix!
The peloton were told to slow and allow the split group to catch up after.
The interesting bit was that some went through when barriers were just starting to drop, but others went through blatantly fully dropped barriers with train approaching. No exclusions though, albeit tough to decide.
They should totally do a race where there are trains thundering around as an obstacle, it would be awesome! They could also leave useful stuff around for the racers to use. There could be banana skins to drop, maybe different shells to throw at people, some kind of weird mushroom...
it was extremely stoopid but also extremely irresponsible, if as has been claimed on cyclechat before, cycling is the worlds most watched sport, then what sort of message does this give to kids approaching level crossings with their bikes?
worse still weve got quite a few rail crossings round here that dont even have barriers just a sign saying stop look listen.